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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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34% ale brewed with honey, raisins and rosemary and aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale with raisins and aged in wine barrels
In July of 2009, the Matts and a couple of the guys flew down from Seattle to tour our hallowed halls in San Marcos, CA. In our barrel room they were drawn to brandy barrels of Angelís Share, port barrels of Serpentís Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, itís best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2010
750mL - Picked up from Bottleworks...Opens with a pop and fakes you out...you have a good two second window before the starts gushing, so you think youíre a lucky guy...there are no lucky guys...Pours deep dk brown with a large tan head...aroma is very inviting, tannic wood, sour cherry, other dk fruit as well...flavour is nicely sour, old cherry, sour apple and some vinegar, phenolic...almost salty in its savoriness, very big in the mouth and finishes the same way...oddly addictive...didnít get any bourbon, rosemary, honey, eye of newt or anything else that they threw in there...apparently itís much better in the bottle than on draft... tasty

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd definitely get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. Nice tartness, plays with the roastiness well, a bit overcarbonated and lacks a central note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2011
750ml bottle from notes. Spicy, acetic aroma. Cinnamon, ginger with a hint of rosemary. Red wine grapes, wine soaked oak and acetobacter. Pours a murky, hazed brownish/red with a thin film of gray atop. Flavor showcases spiced fruits (prunes, plums and raisins). Very zesty and tannic. Strawberry seed tartness. Lots of spice (rosemary being the most dominant). Slight, but not overbearing acidity. Lovely carbonation with a tart, slightly sweet, oaky finish. Thanks Nate!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Bottle shared by Dave - thanks! Slight gusher. Murky rust red pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is light bourbon, sweet cherry tart, balsamic sour, and light lemon. Taste is sharp and distinct sour with cherry, tart, a hard to pin down red wine aspect, and a bit of light vinegar sharpness. Precise feel in the mouth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2009
dark pour, medicinally sour taste, herbal like aroma. Leaves a bitter finish to the whole ordeal with just a slightly sour raisins and wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1361) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Ben for opening. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a lively tan head, nice appearance. Sour notes abound in the flavor along with nice dark fruits; cherry and plum. The wine barrel aging is evident and adds some nice notes. Very similiar to Consecration but maybe a bit dryer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1356) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood 09. Deep dark brown pour, with a smallish tan head. Lots of fruit - tart citrus and peaches meet darker malts and a cola note with some cherries. An almost roasty (baked?) malt contingent pounds back what would otherwise be very sour. Like a mix of cherry coke with La Folie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2010
corked. Pops with a bang without provocation and leaves a red smear on the ceiling. aroma is sour, funky, some dark amtl and fruity currant. Flavor is horsey with funky currant and cherry tartness, some raisin, Sour grapes, red fruit. Really tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Alex, thanks dude! Thin and wispy head sitting on top of this beer. This thing exploded like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Dark brown in color. Nice looking brew. Nice sharp pungent funky sour cherry aroma. There is some vinegar in this one. Very subtle wood contribution. This is reminding me of a kriek...big time. Some spice coming from this but not much. Let her warm up before you make rash judgment calls. Subtle sweet aroma coming from this, probably due to the honey added. Wow, very sour, but this has a lot of carbonation, which doesnít allow the sour to stick around that long. Not much wood going on here. Funk is coming through along with a great sour flavor. A little too carbonated for me to fully enjoy. Spice is coming through more and more as it warms. Honey, spice, and wood are coming through softly and adding a nice flavor. The raisin flavor isnít coming out either. Like the wine-type qualities coming through. A really nice sour Belgian beer. Why the low scores?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1265) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Had some of this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... dark brown with a thick head. Nose... highly acetic and citric with hints of cola sirop. Palate... bursting with CO2! Next up, sour cola, moderate bitterness, dried stone fruits, apple skin and a long sweet-tart finish.

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